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Saturday, August 9, 2014

CFP from the Law & History CRN of the Law & Society Association

A call for panels and panelists in legal history at the 2015 meeting of the LSA to be held in Seattle in May.

Greetings from the LSA’s Law & History CRN. The next LSA meeting will be held May 28-31, 2015 in Seattle ( The theme of the 2015 LSA annual meeting has been announced (see below); the website for submissions will open August 18, and the deadline for submissions will be October 15.

There are now more than 250 members of this Google Group, from all over the world, and we encourage you to use this resource to organize panels for this year’s LSA meeting. There are a few ways to do this: 

If you have a complete panel and would like to have it listed as a CRN-sponsored panel (so that people looking for legal history panels can find it more easily), please let us know. 

If you have an idea for a panel and want to find some like-minded folks, or want to complete an existing panel, feel free to send an email to the group. 

Finally, we (the organizers) are also happy to put panels together from papers; feel free to send us your paper submissions and we will attempt to create panels from the papers we receive. Please send us your submission by October 1, so that we have time to do this; we will then be able to let you know in plenty of time if we cannot, so that you may submit your paper to LSA on your own. 

We look forward to hearing from you; please let me know if you have any questions.


Joanna Grisinger
Senior Continuing Lecturer 
Center for Legal Studies, Northwestern University

Kimberly Welch
Assistant Professor  
Department of History, University of West Virginia 

Logan Sawyer
Assistant Professor
University of Georgia Law School

Kathryn Schumaker
Assistant Professor
Department of Classics and Letters, University of Oklahoma

LSA 2015: Law’s Promise and Law's Pathos in the Global North and Global South
What has law accomplished in the Global North and Global South? Its champions have promised much—the spread of human rights and the rule of law, the elimination of discrimination and the protection of the vulnerable, the lure of economic development and the fostering of global trade, endowments of human dignity and restraints on economic rapacity. Its critics observe law as an instrument for repression, hegemonic control and infringements on privacy and intrusive surveillance (in the context of a never-ending and ubiquitous ‘war against terror’), as a weapon against free speech or political opposition, as a tool of economic exploitation and domination, and as a retreat from politics. The 2015 LSA annual meeting will engage law’s promises and law’s pathos in domestic and transnational contexts, through plenaries addressing the roles of law in the war on terror, in climate change, in emancipation and protection of the world’s most vulnerable populations, and in law’s relationships with religions.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Legal History Group Fall Schedule: Spaces available!

Jim Phillips sent around the tentative fall schedule for the Osgoode Society Legal History Group a few days ago. As you can see, there are several spots available. If you are an academic of whatever discipline who is going to be in the Toronto area on one of those dates, and have a paper you would like to present, please email Jim at Note that the subject has to be legal history, or at least legal-ish history, but of any time period and geographic area. Location to be confirmed--probably Victoria College again. Time 6:30 p.m.

This is what we have so far:

Wednesday September 10 - Ian Kyer, "Equity and the Private Sector Service Provider: The Battle between the City of Toronto and the Toronto Railway Company in the Privy Council"

Wednesday September 24 - Available

Wednesday October 1 - Available

Wednesday October 15 - Sam McLean, King's College, London: "Courts-Martial and the Creation of the Early-Modern Royal Navy"

Wednesday October 29 - Joseph Dunlop, University of Toronto: "The Catholic Legislator in a Pluralistic Society: From Pierre Trudeau to Paul Martin."

November 5 - Reading Week

Wednesday November 12 - Philip Girard, Osgoode Hall Law School: "A History of Law in Canada, 1750-1815"

Wednesday November 26 - Jim Phillips, University of Toronto: "A History of Law in Canada, 1815-1850"

Wednesday December 10 - Available